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Revolutionary 'lost' Shelley poem goes on show

Hannah Furness

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

The 172-line poem, a polemic about war, was thought to have been lost to history
The 172-line poem, a polemic about war, was thought to have been lost to history

A 'lost' poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley when he was 19 is to go on display for the first time - more than 100 years after it helped to get him expelled from Oxford University.

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The 172-line poem, a polemic about war, was thought to have been lost to history. It was first published in 1811 after the young poet's outspoken radicalism got him ousted from Oxford.

The revolutionary lines were rediscovered among private papers in 2006, when they were sold to another unknown collector without going on display.

Last night, the poem was announced as the 12 millionth acquisition by the Bodleian Libraries, meaning the poem goes back to its roots in Oxford. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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